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In recent seasons Irish soprano Orla Boylan has made a number of important debuts including the roles of Gutrune Götterdämmerung for Opera North and Chrysothemis Elektra for West Australian Opera as well as her house debut at Teatro alla Scala in Giorgio Batistelli’s new commission CO2. Her thrilling performance as Senta Der fliegende Holländer - where she “commands the stage with her magnificent performance” (The Listener) - brought her notable international success in recent seasons both on stage and in concert.

Most recent and future plans include Turandot in semi-staged performances conducted by Aleksandar Markovic for Opera North‚ Senta Der fliegende Holländer for Royal Danish Opera‚ Copehnagen‚ and Strauss’ Vier letzte Lieder with RTE Symphony Orchestra under the baton of James Feddeck.

A series of title roles for Garsington Opera (ArabellaAriadne auf Naxos and the British stage-premiere of Die Liebe der Danae) established Boylan as a respected interpreter of the music of Richard Strauss. Amongst a number of glowing reviews for her performances‚ The Times has noted that “The Irish soprano is in sensational form‚ finding a radiance and warmth in Strauss’s lines that is matched by tender insight in the word-painting.”

Boylan is also a leading interpreter of Britten’s operas in which her roles include Ellen Orford Peter Grimes‚ Governess The Turn of the Screw and Female Chorus The Rape of Lucretia. She recently made her role debuts as Miss Wingrave Owen Wingrave for Opera National de Lorraine and as Lady Billows Albert Herring in the Maggio Musicale Fiorentino.

Concert appearances include Britten’s War Requiem at the Perth International Arts Festival‚ Mahler’s Symphony No.8 with Gürzenich-Orchester Köln (Markus Stenz) and Berg’s Wozzeck with the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra (Sir Andrew Davis). She has performed Vier letzte Lieder with a number of orchestras including the Hallé (Sir Mark Elder) and Orchestra Sinfonica di Milano Giuseppe Verdi (Xian Zhang) and the final scene from Ariadne auf Naxos with the Orchestra Sinfonice Nazionale della RAI (Jeffrey Tate).


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